Monthly Archives: November 2016

Leadership is Critical: Colin Powell at NewDay USA Leadership Forum at Temple U

Leadership is Critical: Colin Powell at NewDay USA Leadership Forum at Temple U

Last week, Pango Financial President Candice Caruso attended the NewDay USA Leadership Forum at Temple University as a guest of a Temple staff member. Hosted by NewDay USA, a veterans-focused mortgage provider and its Executive Chairman Rear Admiral Tom Lynch, USN (retired) in partnership with Temple University, the forum featured former Secretary of State and retired U.S. Army General Colin Powell. Powell was on hand to speak at the forum and to celebrate the grand opening of the Temple University Military and Veteran Services Center.

Powell wove a story of his upbringing in New York City as the son of two immigrants. Living in a segregated world, Powell joined the military and found success in the meritocratic structure. His time in politics helped him develop a sense of his own value within a much larger system, as both a servant and as a leader.

Powell described a theme of inspiration leadership throughout his talk. Inspirational leaders have vision and can lead their teams through tough and risky situations without compromising their mission. But importantly, Powell says inspirational leaders create inclusion and appreciation. They empower their team to be part of the process. They show their appreciation through genuine kindness and interest in the people who work with them and for them. He described a time during his tenure as Secretary of State when, while bored in his office, he left to go socialize with the mostly immigrant valet drivers who served the White House and Congress. Powell said that while he recognized he was a leader, he was also an equal.

During this post-election time of political and economy uncertainty, Powell’s greatest lesson for attendees at the Leadership Forum was that inspirational, transformational leadership is critical. This advice resonated with the audience of the military-focused event. Strong, decisive leadership in times of stress are a fact of life for service members and veterans, which is exactly why they make for successful business leaders. At Pango Financial, we recognize this fact, which is why we publish our Vetrepreneur Funding Guide and have special offers for veterans on our DreamSpark Plan.

 

4 Small Business Tips for Holiday Shopping Season 2016

4 Small Business Tips for Holiday Shopping Season 2016

Holiday Shopping Season 2016 is in full swing. Consumers are on the hunt for the best deals for their loved ones. While many shoppers think the best bargains are on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, let’s not forgot about Small Business Saturday. According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses and American Express, 95 million… Continue Reading

Hillary in the White House: A Guide to Preparing Your Small Business

Hillary in the White House: A Guide to Preparing Your Small Business

Hillary Clinton’s Presidency will be a challenging time for small businesses. Her proposed policies made through policy statements through her campaign could ultimately end up being a significant tax burden for entrepreneurs. On the other hand, a Clinton presidency means stability in the financial markets – something that will be critical for favorable conditions for… Continue Reading

The Trump Brand: How the Donald Will Repair His Image with Consumers

The Trump Brand: How the Donald Will Repair His Image with Consumers

As Donald Trump slips in the presidential polls, it’s his businesses that may be falling behind even further. Much has been made in the press about lackluster bookings at his new Washington DC luxury hotel. Meanwhile, he faces lawsuits over Trump University and accusations of fraud over improper donations at the Trump Foundation. Taking these… Continue Reading